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Why your profile photo matters

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As a journalist and photographer, I regularly have to ask people for their profile photo. They send me all sorts- pictures of buildings with...

Live the high life in the Swiss Alps

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Link to article in The Sunday Times here As a member of the mid 40s age cohort, I’ve reached the 'overworked overweight, beyond adventure' chapter...

Escape to Germany is a peaceful break from Covid mania

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The German word “Inselkoller” - the feeling you get when you’re on an island for too long and slowly lose your mind - may...

Time footballers tackled morality of going to Qatar

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Euro 2020 caught us by surprise in terms of exhilaration, potent sensations and pure excitement. We expected nothing, we got titillation and togetherness. Desperate for...

Environmentalism tends to be a middle-class phenomenon- how to broaden its...

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Described as ‘tree huggers’ and “unco-operative crusties” (Johnson B, 2019), middle class environmentalists, activists and policymakers have been accused of “failing to understand and...

When it comes to vaccines, mothers don’t always know best

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“Mother knows best” is an expression born from our high ranking position in society. As head of the family, we are nurturers and educators...

Generally speaking, women don’t like football..but let’s not blame men

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“You have to see it to be it,” Neil Armstrong said when he walked on the moon. “If It weren’t for that other guy...

Doodle Kennelly Obituary

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Link to article in Sunday Independent ‘The best way to serve the age is to betray it”, a line from Brendan Kennelly’s epic poem Book of...

I have no interest in going to the pub – I...

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I’ve been teaching my daughter how to ride a bike on Dublin’s plague ridden streets. It was like a Japanese obstacle course. We spent...

Critical assessment on whether the integrity of climate science has been...

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The age of scepticism The ‘Royal Society’ which was born during meetings of scientific minds at London’s Gresham College in 1660 had a motto: ‘Nullius...

How can the transition to a low carbon economy and society...

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Introduction  When air pollution in Dublin reached a 30 year high (O’Sullivan, 2020), it came as a stark reminder to Irish people that the repercussions...

Time to stop stalling and start doing

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There’s a lot of chatter now about “sitting it out” these days. But I’ve decided to defy this notion. It should not be encouraged. We’re...

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My manifesto: the 20s must be roaring, not boring

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Link to article in Sunday Independent here The 20s are coming. Not a moment too soon. The last time round, they were glorious. Nihilistic hedonism,...

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